New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley's vivid retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood breathes contemporary life into these beloved adventures-with Marian taking a pivotal role as one of Robin's best archers.
Robin is an apprentice forester in the woods of Nottingham. The arrows he makes and sells earn barely enough extra coin to retain the title to his fathers small lands. The sheriff of Nottinghams jealousy toward Robins father is just as fierce towards his son, and the sheriffs men take every opportunity to harass the young woodsman. But when Robin defends himself by accidentally killing one of the sheriffs men, he flees to Sherwood Forest, knowing that he has not only lost his fathers land and good name forever, but that he will live the rest of his days as a hunted man.
But his friends Much, the millers son, and Lady Marian, Saxon daughter of the half-Norman lord who despises his Saxon blood, believe the disaster that has befallen Robin is also an opportunity: An opportunity for a few stubborn Saxons, cast out or outlawed in ways equally unjust, to gather together in secret under Robins leadership and strike back against the arrogance and brutality of the Norman overlords.